I was recently disturbed to read it has been raining tiny spiders in Australia. Literally.
Let me just repeat that: RAINING. TINY. SPIDERS.
Now, spiders are quite a common phobia, whether they be the falling-from-the-sky type or just your garden variety, wall-dwelling daddy long legs. It's considered quite rational to have a fear of them.
What isn't rational though - in fact, what's apparently considered downright weird - is to have a fear of is cornflour. Well, consider me odd then because I am fucking terrified of it. I cannot touch it in a packet or in a bowl or, if I'm honest, AT ALL. Ever. Even looking at this picture below gives me the heebee jeebees.
Same goes for hand dryers, the ones you find in public bathrooms. They are just too loud and too useless and for the love of god, just wipe your hands with a paper towels before I have a breakdown already. *Ahem*.
And yes, I am completely aware that these are sensory issues, that both of these things overload my senses and that's why I can't deal with them and they frighten and/or sicken me. But hey, at least I'm not the only one.
In fact, it turns out we're all a bit freaky in our own special and unique ways. In just one workplace alone I was able to identify at least 15 different weird phobias (which, just quietly, make mine look completely sane).
See if you can recognise your own personal fears in the any of the following weird phobias...
Bananaphobia is real thing (and a real term, we checked). Whilst there is no "cure", self relaxation and visualisation can gradually help sufferers become desensitised and overcome Bananaphobia once and for all.
Koumpounophobia is, simply explained, an irrational and persistent fear of buttons whether they are standalone ones or those on clothing. Even though this is considered rare, we found 3 people in one workplace who held this fear. Ways to over come Koumpounophobia include hypnosis and talk therapy (discussions around the button fear).
Tiny Holes (Trypophobia)
Trypophobia is an irrational and persistent fear of holes, generally not the huge ones but the tiny holes seen within asymmetrical clusters.The fear of holes not only covers holes in the form of images, the person may also fear holes in meat, pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood or even honeycomb. Currently, Trypophobia is a mostly unexplored condition.; But facing your fear of holes is one of the best ways to overcome it.
This one is so rare, we couldn't find a medical name.
Cotton wool balls (Sidonglobophobia)
‘Normal’ people might laugh at those who are afraid of cotton balls. However for a Sidonglobophobic individual, this phobia can actually ruin their life. Hypnotism is known to treat the fear of cotton balls. This therapy can get to the root of the phobia and helps the sufferer rationalise the fear. So too confronting the fear.
This can be pretty extreme. As one sufferer wrote: "I have this problem and when they're wet, it's not that bad but when there dry my body covers with goosebumps and I can't handle it. Does any one know what our phobia is called?"
Sorry no, we don't.
Most Catoptrophobic individuals are afraid of mirrors owing to their connection with the supernatural. It is also connected to a person's fear of their own image. Taking baby steps is the best way of overcoming any fear. Same is true for Catoptrophobia.
Hand dryers - (Ancraophobia)
Nope, you're on your own here kid. There isn't a named phobia.
Tissues rubbing together
Elastic bands (Astihophobia)
This phobia extends to a fear of all things rubber and latex. Some of often affected by this as they had balloons popped on them as kids or were terrorised by siblings with elastic bands.
We couldn't find a name for this phobia. Other than maybe Ergophobia – The fear of work.
Peacock feathers - (Ornithophobia)
The sight of their feathers are enough to trigger an anxiety attack. This phobia covers all birds and their feathers. To overcome this phobia at a mild level one can develop and stick to some self help routines such as positive reaffirmations and visualisations, meditation, or controlled deep breathing. And probably do your best to stay away birds.
Ducks - (Anatidaephobia)
The fear of ducks is the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you. Heavy. It is important is that if this really is affecting you, you speak to a professional who may be able to help you with some coping strategies.
See, I told you my fear of cornflour would end up looking positively sane. Okay, not sane, but I'm no weirder than anyone else right?
For more weird and unusual phobias, check out our gallery:
How about you, what do you have a weird phobia about? Go on, you can't be any weirder than me. And remember, if your phobia is causing you more than general discomfort, please seek professional help.
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